Health and Lifestyle

Vape Bill not a health measure: FDA

MANILA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has echoed the request of the Department of Health (DOH) for a presidential veto of consolidated House Bill No. 9007 and Senate Bill No. 2239 or the Vape Bill, saying it is not a health bill.In a statement Thursday, FDA officer-in-charge Director... Read More

NCR positivity rate at 14.6% as of July 20: OCTA

MANILA – The daily positivity rate or the number of people who test positive for Covid-19 in the National Capital Region (NCR) is increasing anew, the OCTA Research Group said Friday.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow, Dr. Guido David, said NCR’s positivity rate is at 14.6 percent... Read More

Over 1.1M Pinoys receive 2nd booster shot vs. Covid-19

MANILA – More than 1.1 million healthcare workers, senior citizens, immunocompromised and persons with comorbidities have received their second booster of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine.Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said... Read More

PH detects 816 new cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country has detected 816 additional cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Wednesday.In a media forum, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said all regions, except the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), have... Read More

Omicron BA.5 subvariant could be cause of rising cases: expert

MANILA – The Omicron BA.5 subvariant could be driving new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections up to more than 2,000 per day, an infectious disease expert said Wednesday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante said compared to the other Omicron subvariants circulating in... Read More

DOH reminds food firms: Eliminate trans fat by June 2023

MANILA – The Department of Health has reminded food companies to reformulate and remove industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFA) from their products by June 18, 2023.In a media forum in Quezon City on Wednesday, Department of Health Undersecretary for Public Health Services Team Beverly... Read More

Dengue cases up by 83% from January 1 to July 2

MANILA – The country has logged 65,190 dengue cases from January 1 to July 2 this year, 83 percent higher than the figures in the same period in 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH noted that cases for the same period last year totaled... Read More

Rising positivity rate, daily cases ‘no cause for alarm’: OCTA

MANILA – The increase in positivity rate or the number of people who test positive for Covid-19 in select areas nationwide is not a cause for alarm, the OCTA Research Group said Tuesday.In a televised public briefing, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the National Capital Region,... Read More

NegOr logs 5th dengue death; rise in cases now 'alarming'

DUMAGUETE CITY – The province of Negros Oriental logged one new death due to dengue as cases continue to soar with the trend now being seen as "alarming", a key official of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said on Monday.Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion told the... Read More

PH daily average of Covid-19 cases from July 11-17 up by 44%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 44 percent from July 11 to 17, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 1,467 per day from July 4 to 10, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 2,091 daily from July 11 to 17.The latest case... Read More

SSS to prioritize digitalization of services

MANILA – Digitalization of services remains a top priority of state-run Social Security System in the coming years.In a statement Monday, SSS President and CEO Michael Regino said they are planning to add more services to their online channels such as the My.SSS Portal, SSS Mobile App,... Read More

Covid-19 fuels worst regress in childhood vax in 3 decades: UN

GENEVA – The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the most significant decline in childhood vaccinations in some 30 years, according to official data published by the World Health Organization and UNICEF on Friday.The UN agencies warned that global vaccination coverage continued to decline in 2021,... Read More

NCR Covid-19 cases remain on an uptrend; positivity rate at 13%

MANILA – The number of coronavirus cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) remains on an uptrend, showing a steep increase in recent weeks.In its Covid-19 situationer released Thursday night, the Department of Health said the NCR’s weekly positivity rate or the percentage of those... Read More

Dengue vector surveillance up as NegOr reports 4th death

DUMAGUETE CITY – Entomological dengue surveillance is now being conducted in different towns and cities in Negros Oriental amid rising cases of the viral disease, a key Department of Health (DOH) official here said on Thursday.DOH-Negros Oriental provincial officer Jennifer Remollo said the... Read More

Covid close to endemic phase; declaration 'just a matter of time'

MANILA – The Covid-19 situation is moving toward the endemic phase considering the Covid-19 metrics, an infectious disease expert said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Edsel Salvaña said in an endemic phase, the damage brought about by a certain disease is... Read More

WHO chief concerned coronavirus cases, deaths rising again

GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization said Tuesday that he is concerned coronavirus cases and deaths are climbing, stretching health systems while monkeypox is also rising with 9,200 cases reported in 63 countries."I am concerned about the increasing trend in Covid-19 deaths... Read More

Rabies cases down 5% from Jan 1-June 25

MANILA – The country has recorded 157 rabies cases for the first six months of the year, with Central Luzon logging the most number of infections, the Department of Health said Wednesday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH noted that the number, recorded from January 1 to June 25, 2022,... Read More

Continue wearing masks as BA.5 cases rise: health expert

MANILA – An infectious disease expert is advising the public to continue wearing face masks amid the rising cases of Omicron subvariants in the country.In a Facebook post Wednesday, Dr. Edsel Salvaña said masks should be worn even outdoors as the Omicron BA.5 subvariant is “super... Read More

DOH open to reviewing Dengvaxia data, benefits: exec

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is open to reviewing the data and benefits of the Dengvaxia vaccine as dengue cases continue to rise in the country, an official said Tuesday.This, after infectious disease expert Dr. Rontgene Solante said it is high time for the government to review the... Read More

Covid-19 vax sites soon up in schools, public markets: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is setting up vaccination sites in areas commonly visited by the public, such as schools, public markets and churches within a community, to ramp up the Covid-19 booster shot uptake.In an online media forum on Tuesday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario... Read More